Kelly Caiazzo

We’re grateful to everyone who joined us for Sustainable Wellesley and the NRC’s screening of Before the Flood.

I’m all about what’s possible. We saw that it was possible to fill a room with people who wanted to watch a documentary about the environment while serving a plant-based meal with no single-use plastics and entirely compostable or reusable serving ware.

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Facing the reality of climate change and thinking about the way it impacts human and animal life on the planet is a heavy topic, but there are ways we can shift our behavior so that we contribute less to the problem. And when others see us making changes and prioritizing the environment when we vote, eat, consume, drive or entertain, public awareness increases and our efforts can compound.

Here are some resources:

Join the “Power to Choose” Program in Wellesley to get your electricity from renewable sources: https://wellesleyma.gov/261/Voluntary-Renewable-Energy

Eat some meatless meals. See our guide with links to recipe blogs, a list of great vegetarian meals at local restaurants and other resources for adding some plant-based meals into your week: http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/food/

Get a Home Energy Assessment: Mass Save has free home energy assessments that can lower your home heating costs and make your home more environmentally friendly by increasing its efficiency. https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/energy-assessments/

Consider an electric / hybrid / carpool / alternate transit option: 

Sustainable Wellesley Mobility rEVolution slides.

Great list of available Plug-in Electric Vehicles PlugInCars.com

  • Anyone interested in further discussion or a test ride in a Tesla Model 3 should contact Scott Bender at Scott@MyBlueDot.net

  • Anyone interested in further discussion or a test ride in a Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X can contact Kelly Caiazzo at kelly.caiazzo@gmail.com

  • Drive Green” initiative by Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance has a great feature that allows you to easily compare various EVs, and has pre-arranged discounts on EVs with car dealers.

View the resources from the film: Includes information on supporting carbon taxes, maps of coastal flooding projections, and links to specific environmental initiatives. https://www.beforetheflood.com/act/

Visit the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission page: Find information about the Gas Leaks initiatives , the Healthy Yard campaign, and other ways the NRC encourages Sustainability in Wellesley and protects our green spaces and natural resources.

Take a quiz on your “footprint” for personalized reduction strategies: Several sites offer this.

 

Vote with the environment in mind. 

 

Share what you’re doing: We need a shift in public opinion and awareness on climate change. Sharing what you’re doing and why, whether it’s telling someone about your home energy assessment or suggesting you carpool to an event together.

Have other ideas we missed? Want to continue the discussion? Have personal experience with solar panels or carbon offsets you want to share? You can:

  • Come to the next Sustainable Wellesley meeting on April 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 at 161 Oakland St. in Wellesley – the studio above the garage

  • Join a local Facebook group that discusses sustainable living strategies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372633353537543/

  • E-mail us at info@sustainablewellesley

Thanks so much for joining us last night, and we hope to see you again in the future! Our next film is Stink! on May 21st and we’re serving burritos. RSVP here

Thank you for being part of the solution!

Phyllis Theermann

Thursday, April 26, 7:30-9 PM (Doors open at 7)
Willard School, 185 Powder Mill Rd., Concord
The Climate Solutions Speaker Series Presents
Are We Prepared for the Storms of the Century?
Climate change is happening now, causing increasing and very serious damage to our world. What exactly does that mean for the Concord area? Our vulnerabilities need to be realistically identified, along with strategies to increase the likelihood that we can rebound. This speaker series event features a three-person panel, designed to inform us about what is likely to happen as climate change advances and how to prepare for it. Speakers are Stephanie Covino (Mass. Audubon) Barry Keppard (Metropolitan Area Planning Council), and Linda Booth-Sweeny (local writer and educator). Click here for more information about the topic and panel.

April 26th-29th, 2018
Friends of the Wellesley Free Library’s Spring Book Sale. Reuse pre-loved books! The sale is open to members on Thursday evening, followed by three days of a public sale of which the last day is a $7 a bag sale. Not a member? Join Thursday evening! More information here.

Saturday, April 28, 9 AM – Noon
Join the Natural Resources Commission for the Charles River Clean up. Help pick up litter, pull invasive weeds and enjoy time near the water. Sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association, this annual event brings together more than 3-thousand local volunteers from Wellesley and neighboring communities. The NRC provides shirts, snacks and supplies. Sign up at nrc@wellesleyma.gov.

Saturday April 28th (Framingham) Earth Day Festival
The theme of this years festival will be “Local,” emphasizing local vendors and entertainment as a way to lessen the impact of the festival while fostering connections that extend beyond the day of the festival.

Phyllis Theermann

Quentin Prideaux, President of Sustainable Wellesley, spoke most recently in Wakefield about the impacts and causes of climate change, the actions we need to take, and what it all means for Massachusetts and the Northeast. You can watch the talk by clicking on the video above.

Quentin will be part of a panel of experts at the conclusion of TCAN’s showing of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power this Sunday night at 7.30pm.

Grab tickets to learn how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy – including Quentin.

Interested in hearing more from Quentin? Having him speak to a group of yours? Contact him at qprideaux@gmail.com.

His talks:

-Share why some have been confused about the science

– Discuss a serious topic, Quentin keeps it positive and lighthearted where possible

– Lead into a question and answer session and/or a workshop where participants can discuss specific actions they will take – according to the wishes of the organizers

– Are informative, intelligent, visually appealing, very lively, smart and funny